Abeona and Adiona
Tell us a little about your piece?
I wanted to make something about this being the beginning of the collaboration, being only the second artist, and thinking about how far it still has to travel. So my piece is inspired by old worn out maps and protective symbolism.
Abeona and Adiona are Roman Goddesses of Travel, Abeona watching over your outward journey, and Adiona on your return. The Humpback whale and the Arctic Tern have the longest migratory journeys of any animals and the sun and moon and other symbols to depict the distance and passage of time over a long period.
There are two rows of patterns at the bottom, of 22 and 11, which symbolic of the 22 participants and the 11 countries the book will visit.
What was the most challenging part of the brief?
Probably the theme. Obviously this year has been unprecedented, and rather than the plans I had for this year, we have remained in the confines of our homes for the first half of the year, with a few important travel plans canceled, so it was a lot to contemplate. But I really wanted to put a positive spin on the theme, and look to the future.
What part of the collaboration did you enjoy the most?
Collaborating with other artists in the collective. I know that I am only the second, but I can't wait to see how everyones pieces look, and how it will look as a whole collection. So many amazing artists.
How did you enjoy working with the ErgoKiwi handle?
Really great tool. The handle feels very natural to use. Loved the material it was made from, gave it a perfect weight.